Keep your cameras ready for the spectacular drive along the French Riviera toward the glittering enclave of Cannes, known for its world-renowned film festival. Stroll the elegant La Croisette Avenue or shop along the Rue d’Antibes, and you’ll soon understand the year-round attraction of this quintessential resort.
Once in the village of Grasse, the self-proclaimed perfume capital of the world, you will visit one of its signature perfume factories and discover the intricacies of this fascinating industry.
Then your motor coach will journey along the scenic inland road en route to Saint Paul de Vence, a walled village that still retains much of its medieval appearance. Shoppers will love the bountiful boutiques and art galleries tucked along narrow, cobblestone lanes.
The views change dramatically from coastal to rural as you drive toward St. Paul de Vence, which was founded in 9th century. By the 16th century, the beleaguered village was fortified by ramparts, which still stand today. St. Paul De Vence has also retained its medieval charm, one of its primary draws. This haven for artists boasts a number of fine museums such as La Fondation Maeght, which features contemporary works from Braque and Giacometti, among others. The local artisans are highly regarded for their weaving, woodwork and jewelry pieces, which are on display in the many galleries. You’ll also enjoy exploring the village’s small markets, repositories of fresh-cut, locally grown flowers and irresistible gastronomic treats.